What does eternal mean?

Definitions for eternal
ɪˈtɜr nleter·nal

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word eternal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ageless, aeonian, eonian, eternal, everlasting, perpetual, unending, unceasingadjective

    continuing forever or indefinitely

    "the ageless themes of love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending bliss of heaven"

  2. endless, eternal, interminableadjective

    tiresomely long; seemingly without end

    "endless debates"; "an endless conversation"; "the wait seemed eternal"; "eternal quarreling"; "an interminable sermon"


  1. eternaladjective

    Lasting forever; unending.

  2. eternaladjective

    existing outside time; as opposed to sempiternal, existing within time but everlastingly

  3. Etymology: From aeternalis, from aeternus, from aevum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ETERNALadjective

    Etymology: æternus, Latin.

    The eternal God is thy refuge. Deut. xxxiii. 27.

    It is a question quite different from our having an idea of eternity, to know whether there were any real being, whose duration has been eternal. John Locke.

    Thou know’st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.
    —— But in them nature’s copy’s not eternal. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Burnt off’rings morn and ev’ning shall be thine,
    And fires eternal in thy temple shine. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    Hobbes believed the eternal truths which he opposed. Dryd.

  2. Eternalnoun

    One of the appellations of the Godhead.

    Etymology: eternel, French.

    That law whereby the eternal himself doth work. Richard Hooker.

    The eternal, to prevent such horrid fray,
    Hung out of heav’n his golden scales. John Milton.


  1. eternal

    Eternal refers to something that has no beginning and no end, it exists indefinitely and is constant or unchanging. It can also mean lasting or existing forever, always present or existing throughout all ages or eras. It's typically used in a philosophical or spiritual context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eternaladjective

    without beginning or end of existence; always existing

  2. Eternaladjective

    without end of existence or duration; everlasting; endless; immortal

  3. Eternaladjective

    continued without intermission; perpetual; ceaseless; constant

  4. Eternaladjective

    existing at all times without change; immutable

  5. Eternaladjective

    exceedingly great or bad; -- used as a strong intensive

  6. Eternalnoun

    one of the appellations of God

  7. Eternalnoun

    that which is endless and immortal


  1. Eternal

    Eternal were an English R&B girl group formed in 1992. The group featured two sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett, alongside Kéllé Bryan and Louise Nurding. Eternal became an international success and achieved 15 Top 20 hits in the UK, and have sold around 10 million records worldwide. They were considered Great Britain's answer to the American quartet En Vogue The group released their debut studio album Always & Forever in 1993 which would be the only album that would feature original member Louise Redknapp due to her leaving the group in 1995 to pursue a solo career, the group decided not to replace Redknapp and carried on as a trio. In 1998 Bryan was sacked from the group by the other two members, who cited the reason as "a breakdown in professional relations". The two remaining members carried on as a duo before splitting in 2000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eternal

    ē-tėr′nal, adj. without beginning or end of existence: everlasting: ceaseless: unchangeable—(arch.) Eterne′.—v.t. Eter′nalise, Eter′nise, to make eternal: to immortalise.—n. Eter′nalist, one who thinks that matter has existed from eternity.—adv. Eter′nally.—n. Eter′nity, eternal duration: the state or time after death.—The Eternal, an appellation of God; The eternities, the eternal reality or truth. [Fr. éternel—L. æternus, æviternusævum—Gr. aion, a period of time, an age.]

Editors Contribution

  1. eternal

    A human being and life that exists for infinity.

    We know life is eternal and we are beings who are and can live life on earth for eternity and be eternal in a form of consciousness and life.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 31, 2020  

  2. eternal

    For a human being to live and exist on earth in their human body being, feeling and manifesting optimum health and youth in their body, brain, consciousness, mind, spirit, soul, subconscious and thoughts for infinity with their souls conscious choice.

    We can choose to remain on earth for eternal time with our souls choice.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 10, 2020  

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Anagrams for eternal »

  1. enteral

  2. teneral

  3. alterne

  4. teleran

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of eternal in a Sentence

  1. Honore' de Balzac:

    True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Life is eternal and, at the same time, ephemeral.

  3. Lorenzo Laurenti:

    Rome is in the worst condition I have ever seen in my life in the two last years, we are here to say Basta ! No ! This is the Eternal City, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so we have to cure, to love the city. The city is not loved by this administration. This is hate.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    The Price Of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance.

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    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    • A. aspiration
    • B. value
    • C. suffering
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